17 September 2003
A Gilt Bronze Figure of Avadhutipa
Tibet, 17th Century
The accomplished yogin depicted in a state of intense reverie with gaze cast upward, knitted brow and slightly parted lips, seated in a relaxed posture supported by his right arm with his left arm resting on his raised left knee assuming a gracious gesture, wearing bone jewelry and a text scroll in his hair, inscribed with his name on reverse; base sealed with gilt plate incised with visvavajra
5 3/8 in. (13.6 cm.) high
Dr. Wesley Halpert and Carolyn Halpert
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D. Weldon and J. Casey, Faces of Tibet: The Wesley and Carolyn Halpert Collection, 2003, cat. no. 29.
New York, Carlton Rochell Ltd., Faces of Tibet: The Wesley and Carolyn Halpert Collection, March/April 2003.
The lotus base is here constructed in two halves and joined. Compare to a sculpture of Nairatma in the Nyingjei Lam Collection which may have been produced by the same atelier. Cf. D. Weldon and J. Singer, The Sculptural Heritage of Tibet: Buddhist Art in the Nyingjei Lam Collection, 2001, pp. 122-23.
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